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Facebook Orders Reality Competition Series From American Ninja Warrior Producers

Facebook is moving ahead with their original programming initiative, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the social media site has ordered the reality competition series Last State Standing.

Facebook didn't reveal any details of the series, although THR sources say that it comes from American Ninja Warrior producers A. Smith and Co.'s Arthur Smith, who are also behind Hell's Kitchen and Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge. The series is reportedly set to feature 50 contestants, with one coming from every state, competing in a series of unique and crazy games for the chance to win a $500,000 cash prize. Production is already underway in Los Angeles, although no premiere date or information on how the series will roll out has been released. Neither Facebook nor A. Smith and Co. responded to a THR request for comment.

Last State Standing is Facebook's second original series. On Monday, the social media service ordered Loosely Exactly Nicole, a scripted family comedy series from Girl Code's Nicole Byer that had previously been canceled at MTV. The two series are said to be among the primary projects Facebook wants to use to pull in viewers for their new video tab, which will reportedly feature two types of programming– shortform series from producers like BuzzFeed and Vox, and longer TV series that the company is describing as "hero" projects. Facebook is reportedly willing to shell out as much as six figures per episode for their original shows, so expect some crazy features on Last State Standing.

While we wait to learn more about the upcoming reality series, read up on the untold truth of A. Smith and Co.'s American Ninja Warrior.